Researching Multilingualism, Multilingualism in Research Practice


This project (RES-046-25-0004) was funded under the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), Researcher Development Initiative (RDI) scheme (Round 4). It was based in the MOSAIC Centre for Research on Multilingualism, within the School of Education and its total funding was £99,996.99. It ran from May 2010 - April 2013.  Information on the project may also be found on the ESRC RDI programme web pages.


The specific aims of the project were as follows:

  1. To provide, for researchers at different points in their career, advanced training and development activities which are related to the study of multilingualism and to multilingualism in research practice;
  2. To encourage the transfer and application of well-established research methods from contemporary sociolinguistic studies of multilingualism to other social science disciplines, particularly education;
  3. To develop dedicated research training materials and facilitate international dialogue among researchers involved in running research methodology courses for doctoral researchers conducting research in multilingual contexts.

Structure and content of the project 

Over 3 years, the project included the following activities:

  • Two five-day residential courses for doctoral and post-doctoral researchers (UK-based and international): Researching multilingualism: key concepts, methods and issues (University of Birmingham, July 2010 and April 2011).
  • 5 follow-up days at the University of Birmingham
  • 1 two-day workshop: Transcribing bilingual data at the ESRC Centre for Research on Bilingualism (Bangor University)
  • 4 one-day regional workshops on specific themes (at the Universities of Birkbeck, Goldsmiths, Leeds, Edinburgh).
  • 1 two day thematic workshops at the University of Birmingham in collaboration with Iaith (the Welsh Centre for Language Planning). 
  • 2 master-classes at Birmingham (Professor Monica Heller, University of Toronto and Professor Alastair Pennycook, University of Technology, Sydney)
  • Ongoing development of specialist research training materials
  • A final conference: Responding to contemporary multilingual realities, recasting research methodologies.

Download the project timetable (PDF 18kb, opens new window)  

To ensure long-term sustainability, project activities were progressively embedded within those of current research networks e.g the UK Linguistic Ethnography Forum (special interest group, British Association for Applied Linguistics) from 2010 to 2013 and the International Consortium on Language and Superdiversity (InCoLas).

Contact Details

For further details of the project, please contact Marilyn Martin-Jones

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